para

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noun

pa·​ra ˈpär-ə How to pronounce para (audio)
plural paras or para
1
a
: any of several monetary units of the Turkish Empire
b
: a coin representing one para
2
[Serbian & Croatian, from Turkish] see dinar at Money Table

para

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abbreviation

para-

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prefix

variants or par-
1
: beside : alongside of : beyond : aside from
parathyroid
parenteral
2
a
: closely related to
paraldehyde
b
: involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
paradichlorobenzene
3
a
: faulty : abnormal
paresthesia
b
: associated in a subsidiary or accessory capacity
paramedical
c
: closely resembling : almost
paratyphoid

para-

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combining form

: parachute
paratrooper

-para

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noun combining form

plural -paras or -parae
: woman delivered of (so many) children
primipara

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, piece, scrap

Prefix

Greek, from para; akin to Greek pro before — more at for

Combining form

extracted from parachute entry 1

Noun combining form

Latin, from parere to give birth to — more at pare

First Known Use

Noun

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of para was in 1687

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Cite this Entry

“Para.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/para. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

para

1 of 3 noun
plural paras or parae ˈpar-ˌē How to pronounce para (audio)
: a woman delivered of a specified number of children
used in combination with a term or figure to indicate the number
multipara
a 36-year-old para 5
compare gravida

para

2 of 3 adjective
1
: relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
2
: of, relating to, or being a diatomic molecule (as of hydrogen) in which the nuclei of the atoms are spinning in opposite directions

para-

3 of 3 prefix
variants or par-
1
: closely related to
paraldehyde
2
: involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
paradichlorobenzene
abbreviation p-
compare meta- sense 2, orth- sense 2

Geographical Definition

Pará

geographical name

Pa·​rá pə-ˈrä How to pronounce Pará (audio)
1
river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern Brazil constituting the eastern mouth of the Amazon
2
state of northern Brazil on the Atlantic and south of the Amazon; capital Belém area 481,836 square miles (1,247,955 square kilometers), population 7,581,051
3
see belém

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